Scare up some fun in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published October 2, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Witches, kings, superheroes and more will have plenty of time to celebrate Halloween in St. Clair Shores this year.

The St. Clair Shores Activities Committee will host its annual Halloween in the Park from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 27 at Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave.

“Last year, we moved it to Blossom Heath because of the construction of the new pavilion (at Veterans Memorial Park),” said Activities Committee Chair Maureen Antushevich. “We found that we really liked the setting because the walking path is in a nice oval. That park isn’t set out into the lake, so it’s more protected.

“We thought that that was a good layout for what we do.”

This year, a petting zoo will be added to the festivities, which also include children’s rides, cider and doughnuts, hayrides provided by Landscape Services, music from Elite Entertainment and, of course, trick-or-treating at stations set up by dozens of local businesses and organizations for children 12 years and younger accompanied by an adult.

The entrance fee is $2 per person, but there are no additional charges inside the event. No city dollars are used to pay for the annual event, Antushevich said, so the entrance fee covers the rides, petting zoo, refreshments, decorations and more.

More than 3,000 people usually attend, Antushevich said, and the Activities Committee is helped by the Parks and Recreation Department and the Department of Public Works each year, as well.

At the St. Clair Shores Public Library, children have another opportunity to trick-or-treat and make a craft from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 26. Youth Services Librarian Liz Drewek said they will host a drop-in program at that time for the children to make a pipe-cleaner spider, a yarn web and a paper jack-o-lantern.

Children are invited to wear their costumes to the event so they can trick or treat through the library afterward.

“We like to offer them a few different things throughout the year to get them interested and just get them in (to the library),” Drewek said.

Halloween-themed books are always available in the holiday shelves of the children’s section of the library, she said, but they will likely pull a few haunted tales out, as well, for easy access.

The city’s dogs, and their owners, will also have a chance to dress up and party when the Statler-Maloof Dog Park hosts its sixth annual Howloween Party for its members from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 20 in its space next to Brys Park.

“Everything’s in the large dog park,” said Dog Park Chair Marianne Courey. “This is really a thank-you to our membership just for being great members and sticking with us through thick and thin.”

The event will include a photographer to capture the fun, cider and doughnuts, vendors in the parking lot, a raffle and a 2 p.m. costume contest.

Dressed-up dogs will be able to compete in three categories: cutest, scariest and best human/dog partner costume. Costumes are not required, however.

“You don’t have to dress up your dog. You don’t have to dress up; you don’t even have to bring your dog,” Courey said, pointing out that there were at least 100 dogs at the 2012 party. She said some dogs would be overwhelmed by that many animals in the area.

“We just want everybody to enjoy the party,” she said.

Children 5 years and older are welcome to the event, as well. To get into the party area, a Dog Park key fob pass will be required, but non-members are welcome to come and check out the fun from the parking lot, Courey said.